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Old 12-09-2017, 06:40 AM   #281
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Nice color combo!
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:33 AM   #282
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Yeah, the paint job really does pull it all together! The bus interior has otherwise been done (enough) for years. Now I'm playing with mechanical things a bit more. Stopping oil drips, tightening steering components, smoothing suspension and so on..
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:21 AM   #283
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I also started dinking around with a battery charger rig for those cloudy months again:




The charger consists of a snowblower (obviously ), a handful of pulleys and belts I had kicking around and a 90vdc treadmill motor.

I tried a similar thing last year, but I made the mistake of using a 2hp 2-stroke motor that I extracted from a busted up 900w Chinesium grade generator. You've probably all seen the generator I'm talking about at your local cheapo tool stores. They are shipped across the ocean, rebranded and resold all over the place.


I found mine at the dump. The engine ran fine, but it was loud and hopped around all over the place. Not a great candidate. Had to scrap that direction.

The snowblower, on the other hand, is a great candidate! It's self-propelled and has a new 6.5hp engine! I can't say for sure, but it seems that using that 6.5hp engine for dual purpose may actually be better for it in the long run. As it is now, the engine only gets used a couple dozen times in the winter, then sits around for the rest of the year. Using it more frequently should keep the bearings happy, cycle the old fuel through and remove condensation from the oil.

Now, one option currently is to use the 8000w generator (which I typically use for welding) and a battery charger. This turns out to be quite expensive. The generator has a 420cc engine that is turning at 3600rpm. The 6.5hp 196cc engine, on the other hand, only needs to turn at 2000-2200rpm to pump out a 60a battery charge.

The treadmill motors are nice for power generation because they are higher voltage than an alternator and use permanent magnets instead of field windings. Usually the voltage is somewhere between 90-150vdc. At those voltages it can be charging 100ft away with minimal line loss. My MPPT charge controller can accept up to 100vdc. As long as I get the pulley ratio correct I can keep the motor/generator in the happy spot.

However, the little treadmill motor that I had salvaged some time back doesn't have a shaft-driven fan! How silly. It's not rated as heavy duty as some of the better treadmill motors. So I had to rig up an auxiliary fan to keep it cool. The other day that fan stopped working without me realizing it and the treadmill motor/generator was smoking Whoops! I'm on the prowl for a heavier duty motor.

Something like this would be nice:



I'll be keeping my eyes open!
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:41 AM   #284
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I have been considering something similar using one of the Chinese Yanmar l100 clones, a PM 12si and the bracket found here: https://theepicenter.com/emergency-p...generator.html

How has your charge controller worked out in this application?
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:58 AM   #285
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frig yeah.. a little diesel would be great. Do you know how those little Yanmar's do at low RPM?

The charge controller has been holding up just fine. It's a cheap Tracer 4210rn MPPT charge controller rated for 40 (or 45?) amps. However, it wants to pull up to 60a when the amperage is available for the bulk charging. It seems to do that fine. The giant heat sink only gets warm to the touch.
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Old 03-05-2018, 12:37 AM   #286
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sorry learning how to do this
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Old 03-05-2018, 12:43 AM   #287
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great solar info

I just bought a 2000 t444e with a 545 trans I sure appreciate all your knowledge new to the schoolies coming from a 85 dodge high top extended really like the solar setup
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Old 05-02-2018, 02:33 PM   #288
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Wow! Cool bus! what a strange paint job I wish mine had that extra 1 or 2 feet that yours seems to.
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Old 05-02-2018, 02:53 PM   #289
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So long in the making, but I finally slapped together the WVO/WMO centrifuge system prototype (click the image to see the video):

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Old 05-07-2018, 06:52 PM   #290
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Well, well, well! I figured out the cause of the recent drop in power!




^ That is the harness for cylinder 5's glow plug and injector.








^ and here's the valve cover gasket.

I put an order in on Rockauto. Should get 2 new gaskets and harnesses by the end of the week!
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:47 PM   #291
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I've heard they go out but never saw pics.

Hows the weather up there this time of year?
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:49 PM   #292
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I keep forgetting how GREAT the bus turned out. I love the size, the look, the colors... Again- WELL DONE, keep up the pics and all that!
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WELL DONE, keep up the pics and all that!
And more pics of your missing bottom step, please.
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paint job came out nice!
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:06 PM   #295
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Great looking bus you have there jazty. Nice job!

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^ and here's the valve cover gasket.

I put an order in on Rockauto. Should get 2 new gaskets and harnesses by the end of the week!
That is one weird looking "gasket". Are there gaskets that go in the gasket? That's hard plastic, where's the rubber?

Good to hear that Rock Auto has you covered tho. Better than ordering thru a truck service shop for 5x the price.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:19 AM   #297
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Thanks for the complements on the paint job everyone! I'm quite pleased with how it all turned out. If you look real close you can see a couple drips and brush strokes, but using Tremclad (Canadian name for Rustoleum.. exact same stuff) and Valspar Enamel Hardener it smoothed out well without dripping too badly. From 4 feet back it looks just dandy All in one pass, too!

The valve cover gasket is about 1/4" thick and made of plastic. It has to be thick enough to pass the electrical pins through and hold a connector. There are two rubber seals (which you can just barely see in the picture) that are inset into the plastic on both the top and bottom. It is a reusable gasket as long as it hasn't gone nuclear, like mine did.

Here's a picture of the replacement:
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:23 AM   #298
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Oh, and in regards to the weather: It's been a beautiful spring! Can't complain. This season and early to mid fall are my favourite times of year for the temperature. Starts cool in the morning (7C, 45F) and peaks in the mid 20s (75-80F) with plenty of sunshine.
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The valve cover gasket is about 1/4" thick and made of plastic. It has to be thick enough to pass the electrical pins through and hold a connector.
No, it does NOT have to be thick enough to pass ANYTHING. That's kind of the point of a gasket in the first place. They CHOSE to do that. Every vehicle with fuel injection has at least injectors. Most have spark plugs in place of glow plugs but pretty much the same thing. Show me a car gasket with connectors.

Ford probably does something stupid like that. I've not seen the gasket in my B.B. but I hope it isn't like that. You've doubled your chances of leaking if nothing else.
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No, it does NOT have to be thick enough to pass ANYTHING. That's kind of the point of a gasket in the first place. They CHOSE to do that. Every vehicle with fuel injection has at least injectors. Most have spark plugs in place of glow plugs but pretty much the same thing. Show me a car gasket with connectors.
Can't say I've worked on any electrically actuated direct-injection gassers, so... I'm not sure how they do it. But a thicker gasket seems like a perfectly fine solution, in my opinion. It's not prone to leaking. It's reusable. The common fault seems to be with the glow plug connector making sloppy contact over time resulting in frying the wires. The new gasket I ordered takes a different approach with the connectors so this same problem shouldn't happen again.

Honestly, 370000kms on the engine and it burnt a connector.. Doesn't seem so bad to me. Even so, I drove it 900kms in that state out of necessity (gotta get to work on time)

Most cars I've seen they have extra holes through the valve cover to pass the spark plug wires. Then they seal each and every hole.. Mo' gaskets, mo problems? I don't know. Still haven't really had any problems with that technique.

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Ford probably does something stupid like that. I've not seen the gasket in my B.B. but I hope it isn't like that. You've doubled your chances of leaking if nothing else.
I can't see how there's any more chance of leaking then other techniques. Hardly worth getting too excited about, either way.
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